Safe Medications During Pregnancy

Generally, it is best to minimize your use of medication during pregnancy. The safest practice is to review all medications and supplements that you take, both prescription and non-prescription, when you are planning to become pregnant. Otherwise, you should do so as soon as you know you are pregnant. Your clinician will work with you to assess your current medication regimen, evaluating your medical needs in the context of any possible risks to your baby.

For your health and comfort during pregnancy, you may sometimes need to take certain medications. In addition to following your clinician’s overall advice concerning prescription and non-prescription drugs, the following guidelines will help you understand what is safe to take for occasional colds, allergy symptoms, aches/pains/discomfort, digestive symptoms, and other issues—including some specific to pregnancy, such as morning sickness.

Analgesics

Tylenol, regular, extra strength, or generic

  • Datril
  • Exprin (by Giant)
  • Panadol

Antacids

  • Gaviscon
  • Maalox
  • Mylanta, Mylanta II
  • Riopan
  • Rolaids
  • Tums

Prescription medications that may be used only on the advice of your provider are:

  • Pepcid
  • Tagament
  • Zantac

Cold Remedies

Always check over-the-counter cold medications for alcohol, sugar, caffeine, or aspirin. All medications should be taken as directed and for no longer than seven days. If symptoms persist, call the office.

  • Actifed
  • Allerest
  • Allergy Relief Medicine (ARM)
  • Benadryl Plus
  • Benadryl Tablet, capsules, liquid
  • Chlor-Trimeton, Chlor-Trimeton LA
  • Claritin
  • Comtrex
  • Robitussin DM
  • Sine-Off (without aspirin)
  • Sinutab, extra strength, maximum strength (not Sinutab Allergy)
  • Sudafed, Sudafed Plus Tablets, liquid Sudafed, Sudafed 12 hour 
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Triaminic, Triaminic Cold, Nite Lite, Syrup, PM, 12 Hour
  • Tylenol Sinus

Constipation

  • Colace 50mg (one or two, twice daily)
  • Fibercon
  • Metamucil
  • Adequate exercise helps. Walking is a good exercise during pregnancy.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit, green leafy vegetables, and fiber
  • Increase water intake 8–10 eight-ounce glasses daily
  • If none of these measures help, call our office for further instructions.

Diarrhea

  • BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, tea/toast)
  • Immodium AD (use no longer than 48 hours, and take no more than four caplets or eight teaspoons (40 ml) in 24 hours.
  • Kaopectate

Hemorrhoids

  • Anusol
  • Preparation H
  • Sitz Bath
  • Soaking in warm bath
  • Tucks

Nausea/ Morning Sickness

  • Emetrol
  • Ginger Root (2 tablets, 2-4 times per day)
  • Small, frequent meals
  • Vitamin B6 (50mg twice daily)
  • 8–10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day

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